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Road crossing plea as woman hit by car left fighting for life

By Chris McCullough

Published 30/09/2015

The scene of the road accident in Carrickfergus
The scene of the road accident in Carrickfergus

A woman in her 50s was in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital last night after being knocked down by a car in Carrickfergus yesterday afternoon.

Police from Larne and Carrickfergus arrived at Rodgers Quay, adjacent to the Harbour car park, within minutes.

One ambulance and one rapid response paramedic attended to the woman, who is said to be a local resident.

Staff at a nearby supermarket said she appeared to have suffered head injuries.

Police at the scene conducted an in-depth investigation and have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

The woman was crossing Rodgers Quay when she was struck by a car.

The vehicle was later taken away from the scene on a transporter but no arrests were made.

Rodgers Quay was closed for a period of time, from the Irish Gate roundabout to the Harbour car park, while police conducted their investigation.

Sergeant Brian Caskey appealed for witnesses to contact the police at Larne on the 101 number.

Speaking at the scene, he said: "Police arrived at the accident within minutes and carried out an extensive investigation. The woman received serious injuries and was taken to hospital after being treated at the scene. No arrests have been made.

"We appeal for any witnesses with any information to come forward and contact us on the 101 number."

Onlookers at the scene said Rodgers Quay is a very dangerous roadway to cross and appealed for a pedestrian crossing to be built where the woman was hit by the car.

One mother with a young child said: "People cross all the time from the car park beside the castle to Sainsbury supermarket.

"It's a very dangerous place to cross but there is no pedestrian crossing there.

"Cars come around the corner very quickly, making it even more dangerous to get over Rodgers Quay.

"Something needs to be done here soon before anyone else gets hurt. I have a baby and it's the only place I can cross.

"Tourists also cross here. The council or Roads Service needs to sort this out."

DUP councillor Cheryl Johnston said she was raising the issue with Transport NI.

Councillor Johnston said: "I was down at the scene of the accident myself earlier on and offer my sympathies to the woman and her family.

"This is a difficult place for people to cross the road and I will be raising the issue of a pedestrian crossing with Transport NI immediately."

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